The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance this week announced its line-up for The Food Dialogues: Chicago panel taking place at the 2013 BIO International Convention on April 22.
This program entitled, "The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers" will feature a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, who will answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs.
Food Dialogues panelists will also discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of this technology – to give consumers access to information that matters.
The panel is the first in a two-part series taking place in Chicago and will begin at 1:45 p.m. CDT. The discussion will be moderated by Ron Insana, senior analyst, CNBC and financial industry expert and will feature the following panelists:
Emily Anthes, journalist and author, Frankenstein's Cat
Dr. Bob Goldberg, plant molecular biologist currently using genomics to identify all of the genes required to "make a seed," UCLA
Melinda Hemmelgarn, M.S., R.D., freelance writer, speaker, columnist and radio host, Food Sleuth
Pam Johnson, Iowa corn farmer
Michael Olson, Producer/Host, Food Chain Radio
Jerry Slocum, Mississippi soybean farmer
Steve Smith, Chairman, Save Our Crops
During the event, the panelists will explore the many questions consumers have about biotechnology in agriculture – known more commonly to consumers as genetically modified organisms. In particular, they will discuss what additional information consumers need access to as interest in this topic continues to grow.
Those interested in attending The Food Dialogues: Chicago at the BIO International Convention must pre-register by visiting www.fooddialogues.com. The Food Dialogues will also be streamed live.